Bismarck, ND — State officials in Bismarck unveiled the latest mug in a national coffee chain’s “Been Here” collection, featuring North Dakota. The “Been Here” collection features all 50 US States with detailed illustrations of landmarks, wildlife, and points of interest.
North Dakota’s design for the collection features endless fields and prairies of snow with scattered bison, to accurately portray North Dakota’s endless winter season and rugged wildlife, according to North Dakota Department of Tourism officials.
“It was a tough decision to narrow down our design choices, but in the end, winter won, as it always does in North Dakota,” says North Dakota Department of Tourism Chief Barista, Joseph Verdona. “Other design options included traffic cones and highway construction workers, the Badlands, roadkill and hunters affectionately field dressing a deer. In the end, we settled on snow, layered on top of snow, blanketing endless prairies, highlighted with scattered bison. The mug is highlighted by a rustic sans-serif font that pays tribute to the wild frontier of North Dakota.”
The overall reaction to the mug has been positive.
“I’ve lived here my entire life and that’s about as accurate of a depiction as you get,” said one area man. “Snow, snow, and more snow. Heck, even the population here is mostly white so the mug checks off a few boxes.”
In addition to the mug’s design, North Dakota officials are examining a few ways the mug could also capture North Dakota’s legendary wind chills.
“One idea we have is to have the baristas and employees slap the customer in the face…
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Bismarck — Officials fear rising tensions over a hotly contested children’s game could spark an armed conflict between North Dakota and Minnesota.
The decades long “Duck Duck Goose/Grey Duck” debate escalated to new levels after Minnesota authorities detained the North Dakota State University Duck Duck Goose team as they traveled to the NCAA Duck Duck Tournament in Milwaukee, WI.
Minnesota officials stated at a press conference that the NDSU Duck Duck Goose team stayed overnight in Minneapolis as they traveled to the NCAA Duck Duck Tournament. Authorities apprehended the team after several residents reported the NDSU team failed to adhere to Minnesota Duck Duck Grey Duck rules while the team practiced for the tournament in their their hotel.
Minnesota law requires all visitors to play by Duck Duck Grey Duck rules while in state boundaries. Failure to comply is a Class D felony and punishable by up to five years of hard labor. Minnesota is the only state in the U.S. that plays by Duck Duck Grey Duck rules.
Negotiations to free the detained NDSU Duck Duck Goose team members failed after North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaegar refused to acknowledge Minnesota Duck Duck Grey Duck rules at a peace summit hosted by South Dakota.
“North Dakota never has and never will negotiate with grey ducks,” said ND Secretary of State Al Jaegar. “Further, we are prepared to take aggressive steps against Minnesota…